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Q&A with Erica Negi @MyLifeInLoubies

Like most things that happen these days, I met Erica via twitter. I’d heard about the book she wrote; My Life in Loubies, from around the way, but at the time I couldn’t get it on Amazon UK quick enough; cue the heartbreak. But thank goodness for the IPhone and its ability to do everything but cook me a meal…I was able to download it on my Ibook and read it in a day and a half…I dragged it out because I did not want it to end. I fell in love with her writing, her story, her style, her characters…amongst other things…and Erica herself of course and we haven’t stopped tweeting each other ever since. Some day soon, we will have a lengthy catch up over a bottle of Stoli…;)

I am forever fascinated with authors and the whole writing process, being an aspiring novelist myself, how could I not be? I love chic lit like no other, Happily Ever After any day over anything else. A good book is my go to for a pick me up of any kind and Erica is one of the many author that inspires me to keep on keeping on with my writing. She’s warm and endearing and obviously witty. She’s a woman who writes after my heart and I cannot wait for book 2 to come out…

What inspired the story

I started writing My Life in Loubies after I became a mother, which was one the best moments in my life. It was then when I began to question what makes people happy, truly happy? Is it a certain lifestyle? Or the glitzy material objects? True love? And that’s where the story began.

And as for the “Loubies,” I wanted to take my readers on a journey, literally in the “shoes” that the main character loves and strives to collect.

What is a typical writing day for you? Do you have a particular schedule?

My writing schedule has evolved with my son’s schedule. I used to write during nap times when he was a baby. Now, I write when he is in school. I enjoy working on a schedule.

How has the book been received so far?

It seems that many readers have really enjoyed My Life in Loubies. I love to interact with my audience via social media. Often, readers even tweet me their feelings about Vanessa, the main character, while reading which allows for a dialogue. (I try to respond as much as possible). My Life in Loubies was also recommended by USA Today Books, Happily Ever After blog on April 20, 2012.

Becoming a writer can be quite challenging but what would you tell future writers?

My advice to other writers is to never give up. It’s easy to give up when you come across challenges, but focusing on your goal always seems to keep me going and allows me to work through the proverbial “brick wall,” that I often encounter.

How do you develop your characters; do you adopt them from real life people or do you make them up?

All of my characters a fictional. However, that’s not to say that they aren’t alive and well in my head! I try to create characters that my audience can relate to in some way. Sometimes, I wish they were real, I would love to do a coffee date with Vanessa!!

What are you working on next? 

I am working on book 2 at the moment. The working title is What Matters Most. It’s not a sequel to My Life in Loubies, but some characters might reappear. I am hoping to have that completed in 2013.

Are you are Loubie lover too?

Yes! I love fashion and shoes! And, I am definitely a “Loubie Lover!!” Even in the midst of mommyhood, I sport patent flats with red soles when running around.

Buy My Life in Loubies here…take a day or two, call in sick if you have to,  you’ll be glad you did because its just that good.